Healthy Fats--
Are You Getting Enough?

With the popularity of reducing fat in the diet to control calories, many people are under the incorrect impression that all fats are bad, and that they should be avoided. However, the truth is that some fats are necessary and actually vital for our health. A deficiency in them can actually make weight loss more difficult.

Essential Fatty Acids support our physiological functions, and are necessary for the health of our organs and overall health. Essential Fatty Acids cannot be produced by our own bodies, which means they must be obtained from dietary sources.

Most of us have been sold on the need for fish oil or another source of Omega-3s, but there are other important oils that you don't want to overlook.

Supplemental Oils--
drissel them on salads, but do not heat

Evening Primrose Seed oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid, an Omega 6 fatty acid that is needed for our cardiovascular, immune, nervous, and reproductive systems, and to maintain healthy cells and body functions. In addition, Evening Primrose Seed Oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. You can purchase it at your pharmacy or health food store.

Black Currant Seed oil contains gamma linolenic acid (GLA), a fatty acid that has multiple physiological roles, including support for joint health, immune function and premenstrual comfort.

Dietary Oils: Add to your food

Coconut Oil: When Saturated Fat Is Good For You

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intake from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?

The fact is, all saturated fats are not created equal.

The operative word here is "created," because some saturated fats occur naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through the man-made process called hydrogenation.

It may be surprising for you to learn that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil is actually good for you and provides a number of profound health benefits, such as:

• Improving your heart health.

• Supporting your thyroid.

• Increasing your metabolism.

• Promoting a lean body and weight loss.

• Anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

• Supporting your immune system.

Coconut oil is also the only oil stable enough to withstand the heat of cooking.

Olive Oil: A Mediterranean Staple

The main type of fat found in all kinds of olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are a healthy dietary fat.

MUFAs may help lower your risk of heart disease by lowering your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. MUFAs may also help normalize blood clotting and insulin levels.

Also, be aware that heat, light and air can affect the taste of olive oil and possibly its health-promoting nutrients. Store olive oil in a dark, room-temperature cupboard, or even in the refrigerator.

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